NASHVILLE – Wilson County’s unemployment rate for April dropped to a new record low, according to data released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
Wilson County’s rate of 2.2 percent, which was 0.5 percent lower compared to March’s revised rate, rose one spot to fifth lowest in the state behind Williamson, Davidson, Rutherford and Cheatham counties, respectively.
Wilson County’s rate in April represented 1,640 unemployed workers compared to a 75,560-person workforce and did not include those who did not file with the labor department or no longer receive benefits. Compared to the same time last year, the jobless rate was a 0.2-percent decrease.
Lebanon’s rate for April decreased 0.6 percent to 2.5 percent compared to March and decreased 0.3 percent compared to a year ago. The city’s rate represented 400 unemployed workers, compared to a 15,860-person labor force.
Mt. Juliet’s rate for April was 2.3 percent, a 0.5-percent decrease compared to March’s revised rate. It was a 0.1-percent decrease compared to a year ago. The rate represented 450 unemployed workers compared to an 19,630-person labor force.
Unemployment rates for 94 of Tennessee’s 95 counties decreased in April. The unemployment rate in Maury County remained unchanged for the month.
Ninety-four counties had rates lower than 5 percent, and one county’s rate was higher than 5 percent.
Unemployment in Williamson County dipped below 2 percent in April. The county’s current rate of 1.9 percent marked a 0.5 percent drop from the previous month.
Davidson County’s unemployment rate hit a record low during April; it dropped by 0.5 percent and landed at 2 percent. Rutherford County followed at 2.1 percent, while Cheatham, Wilson, Moore and Sumner counties each recorded a rate of 2.2 percent in April.
Along with Davidson County, Wilson, Sumner, Smith and Hickman counties marked record-low unemployment. Rutherford County tied its all-time low rate.
“County unemployment rates continue to be extraordinarily positive,” said TDLWD Commissioner Jeff McCord. “Across our state we are now seeing unemployment rates at or below 5 percent become the norm.”
Clay County had the state’s highest rate in April at 5.6 percent, which was a 0.4 percent decrease from the previous month. Hancock and Rhea counties had the next highest rates at 4.9 percent. Those rates represented a 0.9 percent drop for Hancock County and the rate was 0.8 percent lower in Rhea County when compared to the previous month.
The April rate for the Nashville-Murfreesboro metropolitan area, which includes Wilson County, decreased 0.5 percent from March to land at 2.1 percent and was 0.3 percent lower than a year ago. The rate represented 23,040 unemployed workers compared to a nearly 1.1-million-person labor force.
Statewide, unemployment remained at Tennessee’s historic low of 3.2 percent. It was the third consecutive month the rate was at the record level.
County unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted, while the state and national rates use the seasonal adjustment to eliminate outside influences on the statistics.